LA Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars prediction:
The LA Chargers continue to show how talented and unlucky they are. Herbert went toe-to-toe with Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady all within four weeks where the Chargers could have won all three of those matchups.
The Chargers could be getting some players back from injury over the next month or so. Defensive linemen Melvin Ingram and Justin Jones were designated to return from the injured reserve and could be on a snap count in this matchup if they suit up.
Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga could also return soon as they have missed the majority of the season so far. Eventually, the Chargers hope to see Austin Ekeler, Chris Harris Jr., and Drue Tranquill return at some point before the end of the season.
This is the easiest stretch of the Chargers schedule as they face the Jaguars, Broncos, Dolphins and Jets in a five-week period. While some players mentioned before are still expected to be out for another month or longer, if the Chargers can get to .500 by the end of this stretch and still have guys coming back from injury, this team will be in a position to make a playoff push.
The Jaguars are one of the worst teams in the NFL. They have a lot of young guys with potential but as of now, this is a bottom-five team in the league. With how Herbert and the offense has been playing, the Chargers should be able to move the ball and score with ease in this matchup.
The Chargers defense was dominant in the first half of their games against the Buccaneers and Saints, but play calling and injuries could’ve been their downfall in those meetings.
Gus Bradley and the defense need to find ways to close out games or he may not be the defensive coordinator for long. Justin Herbert picks up his first win as a starter in this matchup against the Jaguars and the Chargers move to 2-4.